Located in the heart of O'Fallon, VCA All Creatures Animal Hospital welcomes you and your pets. Our dedicated staff looks forward to offering your pets the best possible health care. We are confident our convenient hours can meet your scheduling needs.
Stop in and visit our Grooming Facility. Our highly experienced Groomer will be happy to explain everything your pet will experience during their "Pamper Day."
Boarding is also available to our clients who need to put their pets up for lodging. Our boarding staff is dedicated to ensure that your pet's stay is an enjoyable one.
Whatever your pet's needs, whether they are furry, feathered or scaly, we are committed to serving them and you with experience, knowledge and high standards. You are welcome to stop by and tour our facility, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Local Medical IssuesHeartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito carrying the microscopic heartworm larvae. Mosquitoes become carriers by biting an already infected animal and then subsequently biting other healthy ones. As a result, heartworm disease is a problem virtually everywhere there are mosquitoes.
One Bite Can Infect Your Pet
In dogs, the worms live in the heart and large blood vessels around the heart and lungs, where they can damage tissues and lead to heart failure and pulmonary disease. In some cases, the worms can obstruct other large blood vessels, leading to liver failure and kidney disease. Severe cases can be fatal.
In cats, the worms are found in the heart, lungs or a pulmonary artery. While cats are less susceptible to heartworm infection than dogs, their body's reaction to the worms can be more intense. Feline patients can become severely ill or even die suddenly from just one or two worms.
The Good New Is that It's Easily Preventable
Step #1: Get your dog and cat tested
A simple blood test can detect whether or not your pet has been exposed to heartworm infection. Additional diagnostic tests that may be used to determine the extent of heartworm infection include radiography and ultrasound.
Step 2: Start them on preventive medicine
Depending on your individual pet and personal preferences, your veterinarian will recommend either monthly oral or topical heartworm preventive medication.
Many of these medications also control other internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.